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Re: Adderall AND Ritalin med_empowered

Posted by zeugma on November 18, 2005, at 5:32:39

In reply to Re: Adderall AND Ritalin, posted by med_empowered on November 18, 2005, at 0:22:03

Stimulants are rough meds IMO. I don't tolerate them easily. Sadly, I have severe ADHD complicated by narcolepsy, and I have to take a TCA to manage the sleep-related difficulties (severe hypnagogic hallucinations and paralysis) which does have a lot of s/e- Strattera had lots too, and caused depression. I nearly burned my apt. down last night because I was so inattentive and fogged after I got home. I had been taking 300 mg Provigil for a little while to keep me up past 6 pm, but insurance wouldn't cover more than 200 mg and the higher dose was causing problems anyway (probably lowering plasma levels of TCA leading to paralysis/hallucinations/ excess dreaming). So I'm taking 10 mg Ritalin to make the Provigil work a little better, though by Thursday I'm shot anyway from sleep deprivation (and I practice sleep hygiene as best I can, try to get 8 hrs. of sleep at least per night).

The meds are wretched, but they 'work.' Ritalin makes me less liable to suffer hallucinations from sleep deprivation, most likely b/c of its NRI properties (by 'sleep deprivation' I mean less than 12 hours per night).





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